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Have you heard about the internet famous Sphynx cat with four gangster tattoos on its body? If not, then you must know that this hairless cat went viral back in 2017. A Russian tattoo artist who goes by the name ‘Shafiev’ inked his own pet cat in the city of Yekaterinburg. He calls the cat ‘Bes’, which translates to ‘Demon’; the poor thing got embossed with four large permanent tattoos over the chest and sides.
Sphynx cats have no fur, and it turns out that it is the result of anthropogenic interference. Human beings have achieved this variety of cat through selective breeding; despite lacking fur, it is not completely hairless. The skin of this cat is not identical to the human skin. Comparatively, their skin is much more delicate and the fact worsens the consequences of inking needles.
Animal protection activists roared with rage as soon as photos of Demon hit the World Wide Web. The owner was bashed for animal abuse and social media exploded with hatred. Activist Ms. Skorynina condemned the tattoo artist for defying animal rights. An animal cannot give consent for a tattoo, and does not benefit from it mentally or physically. It will not look in the mirror, admire the body art, or desire it in any way. It is unnecessary pain inflicted on its being, solely for the satisfaction of a heartless person.
The tattoos on the cat symbolize supremacy of a member in a gang of criminals; Russian prisoners often wear these kinds of tattoos. Who knows why Shafiev decided to imprint his pet with these horrific illustrations, but he later admitted that it was not a justified act. He injected his cat with anesthesia and painkillers multiple times to perform the inking procedures. The artist insisted that his cat recovered easily each time, but it was risky nonetheless.
People on social media called him a lunatic as no one in their right mind would do something of such extreme nature. A fellow tattoo artist named Aleksandr defended Shafiev by stating that what he did was nothing different from branding livestock. He argued that this was something traditionally done by farmers, and therefore there was nothing to fuss about; it is not like he was acting against Federal Law.
The recent development on news about Bes (Demon) is that it has escaped from the hands of its tattoo-inflicting owner. It has been two years since the tattoo incident became public and the Sphynx cat is now six years old. Shafiev says that Bes jumped out of his car’s window and ran off into the night. He is very worried about his missing cat and desperate to bring it back home. Sadly, the cat may have made its way into a nearby forest and ended up as the dinner of a bigger animal.
We can only hope that Bes found its freedom rather than becoming victim to a wolf or bear. What are your opinions regarding the whole scenario? Is Shafiev just another artist who went a bit too far, or is he a criminal who tortured an innocent animal and transgressed civil law?